This month brings Purim, our festival of costumes and masks and merriment.

When my son was little, he used to confuse the names Yom Kippur and Purim. One year he was very excited to wear a costume to Yom Kippur… until I regretfully informed him that Yom Kippur was not the costumes and silliness holiday!

He didn’t know it, but he was following in the footsteps of our sages.

5782 is a Jewish leap year, which means we get an extra month. In most years, there is a single month of Adar. This year, we get two of them. The first one is happening right now….

Shavua tov — a good new week to you! And Chodesh tov — a good new month to you; the new lunar month of Adar begins tonight at sundown, which means it’s two weeks until Purim!

Join us for Shabbat services at 9:30am on Saturday morning led by Rabbi Rachel. This week we’re reading from parashat Terumah. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:

Here’s commentary from Steve Silbert and Rabbi David Markus at Builders Blog, a project of Bayit: Building Jewish:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

Hope to see you soon at CBI. Save the date and join us at 6pm on Monday March 9 for Purim!